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Swords and Scimitars: A Fantasy Short Story (Alaia Chronicles: Legends, #1) [Kindle Edition]

Cate Rowan
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"Rowan is definitely an author to watch!" —Alyssa Day, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author

"Delivers wrenching emotion. Kismet is a magnificent hero who hides his wounds behind his power. As usual, Cate Rowan delivers a beautiful tale!" —Amazon Review

Immortal twin brothers. One enchanted sword. A tragedy that propels them into legend.

The lives of well-born twins Kismet and Taso are easy and carefree, with endless days of bedding women and fighting battles among the gods, until sorcery drives a wedge between them that slices deeper than flesh. Kismet has striven to be the ultimate warrior, but a mistake costs him his brother, his family, and his homeland.

He carves out a new life in the desert, rising to the command of a realm and an army, yet can't escape his past. When two women beg for his aid against tyranny, he must sacrifice his freedom and his long-scarred heart to help them.

Swords and Scimitars is a 7,000-word short story about the immortal founders of verdant Teganne and desert Kad, two rival realms divided by magic—yet bound by blood, mistrust, and love. The chronicle continues in the novelette Sword and Lute and the award-winning fantasy romance novels Kismet's Kiss and The Source of Magic. Cate Rowan's sensuous romances have won more than thirty contests and awards.

Reviewers Say:

"From the first page I was instantly transported into a well-developed fantasy world and couldn't put my kindle down until I had finished the last page. . . . A fast-paced story with heartfelt emotion!!!" 

"This little story actually brought tears to my eyes more than once, with its descriptions of the beginnings and endings that accompany true love." 

"A fairy-tale-like adventure that will entertain even readers new to the series. Another worthy installment from an author who’s become an auto-buy for this reader!" 

"Let me just say "wow!" I want more.

"The groundwork is laid with a deft hand for the fabulous fantasy world she's created. I have only one complaint with this story; I hated to have it end. Kudos!" 

"Love the way this author pulls me into a world of fantasy and makes me reluctant to leave. The writing is smooth, and the story and emotions captivating. Another excellent book in an entertaining series." 

More titles in the Alaia Chronicles fantasy romance series:

Sword and Lute
When a musician stumbles across a dying god, she must sacrifice her precious lute to save him and find her heart's desire.

The Source of Magic
A modern woman finds herself ensnared in a fantasy otherworld, trapped by treachery and family secrets—and opposing a mystical prince, the one man who can make everything right.

Kismet's Kiss
When a deadly epidemic strikes a sultan's realm, only a magical healer from an enemy land has the skill to save it. The sultan never imagined the healer would be a woman….

Contemporary magical romance by Cate Rowan:

Flirting with the Fireman
A sculptress, a battery-chasing cat, and a studly fireman meet through a supernatural recipe for "Get a Husband" Brunswick stew.

Kiss That Frog
A cynical Los Angeles artist reluctantly pet-sits for her young niece's frog and discovers magic in the terrarium—in the form of a sexy enchanted prince.



Editorial Reviews

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"Short but sweet, it delivers wrenching emotion. Kismet is a magnificent hero who hides his wounds behind his power. As usual, Cate Rowan delivers a beautiful tale!" 
--Amazon Review

"Rowan is definitely an author to watch!"
--Alyssa Day, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Cate Rowan has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over Cabo, had monkeys poop in her hair, and swum with dolphins, but her best adventures are her story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magic, danger and passion in faraway realms have won more than thirty awards.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic February 14, 2012
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I can see why this author finaled in the Golden Heart. Now I want to read more about this world. Cate Rowan really brings her world to life even in this short book. What a great intro to her other books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Fantasy February 28, 2012
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I love Cate Rowan's books, so I immediately snatched up this story when she first published it. What a beautiful and touching beginning set up of the world Cate developed in Kismet's Kiss. I can't wait to read more of Cate Rowan's work!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-read for those who enjoyed Kismet's Kiss March 17, 2012
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This short story is a delightful prequel to Kismet's Kiss, giving the reader a bit of background information on how that world was shaped. It follows the young god Kismet as he challenges his competitive twin brother, and the disastrous results thereof, then takes the reader on a fanciful journey where we get to see how some of the culture developed in the land of Kad while also seeing the very human frailties of an immortal being. Swords and Scimitars is a fairy-tale-like adventure that will entertain even readers new to the series. Another worthy installment from an author who's become an auto-buy for this reader!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Arabian-themed Romantasy August 28, 2012
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"Swords and Scimitars" is a romance influenced fantasy short story by author Cate Rowan. It's the prequel to "Kismet's Kiss" which is the first book in the "Alaia Chronicles." The tale follows the beginnings of two immortal twin brothers and the tragedy that befalls them. Elder brother Kismet is a brash and headstrong warrior. His slightly younger brother Taso strives to be a knowledgeable scholar. When the two happen upon a powerful and cursed magic blade, Kismet accidently inflicts a dire wound on Taso, draining his very life essence. In an effort to escape his shame, Kismet exiles himself to the land of mortal men where he hopes to right his wrongs. Here are my thoughts on Swords and Scimitars;

Pros

+ Quick and easy read.

+ Accomplished writing style.

+ Author does a nice job at conveying the troubles immortals must face when living amongst and loving mortals.

Cons

- A few of the metaphorical descriptions felt a tad over exaggerated and could be confusing. Examples include "jabbing an ice spear through the gut" or "answer knifed him through the gut." In a fantasy setting where knives and spears are prevalent I found myself doing a double take when reading these passages to verify what was actually happening.

- Title is a bit redundant as a scimitar is a sword.

"Swords and Scimitars" was a well written fantasy short with a dash or romance thrown in. I will admit that I'm slightly embarrassed for reading this (I have a weak spot for Arabian fantasy) as I didn't realize it was geared more towards the romantasy reader. That being said, I can certainly understand the appeal to the other reviewers here. Kismet's tale of grief and redemption was intriguing and well thought out giving readers an in-depth look at the various hardships of immortality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Adventure in the Land of Kad May 18, 2012
By BevPet
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Love the way this author pulls me into a world of fantasy and makes me reluctant to leave. This short story introduces us to the wonderful world of Kad. I'd previously enjoyed Cate Rowan's full-length novels so was delighted to read this prequel and gain more insight into their history and culture. The writing is smooth, and the story and emotions captivating. Another excellent book in an entertaining series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!!! May 18, 2012
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From the first page I was instantly transported into a well developed fantasy world and couldn't put my kindle down until I had finished the last page. Loved the story ! Empathized with both brothers--and the heroine! Great job. I highly recommend to anybody who likes a fast-paced story with heartfelt emotion!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read more!! May 10, 2012
By PJD
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Twin brothers born to immortality only to have their lives--and much of what they believe--destroyed in a single moment of youthful foolishness. In this prequel to Cate Rowan's two full-length novels, Kismet's Kiss & The Source of Magic, the groundwork is laid with a deft hand for the fabulous fantasy world she's created. I have only one complaint with this story; IT'S TOO SHORT!!! I hated to have it end. Kudos!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! April 1, 2012
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So THAT's why Kad has the traditions it does! I'd already read (and loved) Kismet's Kiss, so the history here was really fun to learn. And this little story actually brought tears to my eyes more than once, with its descriptions of the beginnings and endings that accompany true love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Swords and scimitars
Four stars. Interesting premise well developed and well written. I enjoyed the concept of a divinity suffering remorse and developing a sense of responsibility. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kathleen
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good fantasy short story.
Ms. Rowan certainly packed her short story, "Swords and Scimitars" with more insight than I could have imagined. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Donald Ewing
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Beginnings
A great beginning to a great fantasy series. I hope Cate Rowan continues this enjoyable tale. Looking forward to reading them all!
Published 14 months ago by Carissa D Barthelemy
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good Setting up of the world
In this prequel to the fantasy series, we have excellent mythos building. This very much has the tone and feeling of an origin story from any culture. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cat's Books: Romance Novel Theme Park
1.0 out of 5 stars not her best work
I liked her other short stories better. This one was a bit too slow for me, so I found it rather dull
Published 19 months ago by Tricia Landefeld
5.0 out of 5 stars SWORDS AND SCIMITARS: A Fantasy Short Story
WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO TELL US THE STORY OF KISMET. I AM VERY PLEASED TO KNOW WHAT WAS INVOLVED IN GIVING US THE SAVING"IT'S KISMET". Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mary Danner
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good short story
Well worth the time to read this tale. It's got me wondering what's next for the characters, where does the story go once it's left our mortal world? Read more
Published 21 months ago by C. Weedon
4.0 out of 5 stars Too short
Nice short read but wished it was a little longer. I will be trying out Cate Rowan's chronicles series to get a better idea of her novels.
Published 21 months ago by Ina M Rios
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Easy, and Magical
I'm writing this review not only because I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read but also because the author asked me to! Read more
Published on September 5, 2012 by Garret J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Good short
Well written short story. Is a good preread for understanding the reason why things are the way they are in the other books. Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by PaladinDnD
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★ Cate Rowan: Magically Fantastic Romance ★

Cate has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over a Mexican beach, swum with dolphins in the Florida Keys and had Costa Rican monkeys poop in her hair, but her favorite adventures are in story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magical deeds, kismet and true love in realms near and far have won more than thirty awards.

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Cate credits her favorite childhood authors--including J.R.R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, Nora Roberts, Guy Gavriel Kay, and James Herriot--for her love of fiction, great characters, and a rich imagination. Writing became a force in her life when clever elementary school teachers assigned weekly creative writing projects. She wrote through high school, particularly when bored in class. (Rumor has it those early pages consisted of fantasies about Duran Duran, but she is silent on the issue and keeps those notebooks from prying eyes.) She put fiction aside to earn a Ph.D.--but her muse, even while stuffed in a dark closet, never shut up. Now she and her muse and her story people get to play every day. (There might be strawberry mojitos involved, but again, she's not saying.)

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